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Real Estate Contractor

I purchased a house in September of 2016 with a 203K streamline loan. I hired a contractor to do the work gave him half of the money. He assured me he was aware of the 203K process and signed all the pertinent 203K bank documents. He was in the house for 2 months and no work had been done and he began to ask for the rest of the money. I informed him that the house was suppose to be done with the money I gave him and that he would not be getting the rest until the property was done. I also emailed to him the document we both signed reiterating how the process was to go. It was now 2 weeks prior to Thanksgiving and my house was not done. I was furious and fired him. He took 6,000. It took me to work 2 jobs to save/borrow and a year later before I could get my house completed. I need to know if I can sue him to get my money back? I have pictures and text messages of all the conversation of how things was suppose to go. He did not do what he stated he would in the time frame he said it would be done. I need my money back from him. How can I do this?

Asked on January 5, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the contractor for breach of contract.
Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit) would be the 6,000 the contractor took and the cost of completion with another contractor, and expenses or other costs such as the delay in completing the project caused by the first contractor's breach of contract.


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